Difference Between Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 | Full Specs Compared | iPad 2 vs Galaxy Tab 10.1 Features and Performance

 Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 both are high performance tablets from Apple and Samsung. Apple iPad 2 is powered Dual-core Apple A5 1 GHz Processor whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered with Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core 1 GHz Processor. Basically both use equivalent processors with different architecture. But RAM is higher in Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 than iPad 2 thus Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may perform better than iPad 2. iPad 2 is powered with Apple Proprietary operating system Apple iOS 4.3 whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered with open source tablet optimized Android operating system 3.0 Honeycomb.

Speed, Performance and User Experience

As discussed above Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab both use 1 GHz dual core processors with 512 M and 1 GB RAM respectively. But Processor design architecture and operating system performances are difference in each other. So it’s difficult to compare Apple and Orange (Samsung) as configuration point of view. But the real performance difference and User Experience would be impacted by the difference between Apple iOS and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. User experience depends on UI and applications. Apple Applications are from Apple App Store and Android Applications are from Android Market. Samsung says their batter last long 15 hrs whereas Apple claims 10 hrs.

Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2 is the second generation iPad fro Apple. Apple the pioneers in introducing the iPad have made further improvements to iPad 2 in design and performance. In comparison with iPad, iPad 2 gives a better performance with high speed processor and improved applications. The A5 processor used in iPad 2 is 1GHz Dual-core A9 Application processor based on ARM architecture, The new A5 processor’s clock speed is twice as faster than A4 and 9 times better on graphics while the power consumption remains same. iPad 2 is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad while the display is same in both, both are 9.7″ LED back-lit LCD displays with 1024×768 pixel resolution and use the IPS techology. The battery life is same for both, you can use it up to 10 hrs continuously. The additional features in iPad 2 are the dual cameras – rare camera with gyro and 720p video camcorder, front facing camera with FaceTime for video conferencing, a new software PhotoBooth, HDMI compatibility – you have to connect to HDTV via Apple digital AV adapter that comes separately. iPad 2 will have variants to support both 3G-UMTS network and 3G-CDMA network and will release the Wi-Fi only model also. iPad 2 is available in black and white colors and the price varies depending the model and storage capacity, it ranges from $499 to $829. Apple also introduces a new bendable magnatic case for iPad 2, named as Smart Cover, which you can purchase separately.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Model P7100)

Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inches WXGA TFT LCD display (1280×800), Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 8 megapixel rear and 2 MP front facing cameras and powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is incredibly lightweight at 599 grams. The device supports 3G networks and 4G ready. In the context of multimedia, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 loaded with features such as 8 megapixel camera, HD video recording, large screen with dual surround sound speakers, powered by high speed processor together with amazing tablet platform – Honeycomb when supported by 4G HSPA+ network at 21Mbps download speed will give users a wonderful multimedia experience. Performance and Speed Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 packed with Dual Core Tegra 2 processor and powered with Android tablet optimized operating system Honeycomb gives lightening fast web and multimedia experience. 1 GHz processor with 1 GB DDR RAM makes a performance benchmark in tablet market as per today. Low power DDR RAM and 6860mAh battery enables perfect task management in energy efficient way.

Apple introducing iPad 2

Galaxy 10.1 – The Ultimate Mobile Entertainment Experience

Comparison of Specifications

Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1

 Design Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Form Factor Slate Slate
Keyboard Virtual full keyboard with swype Virtual full keyboard
Dimension 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.35 in) 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm
Weight 601g (1.33 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 607 (1.34lbs) 3G CDMA; 613g (1.35lbs) 3G GSM 565g
Body Color Black, White Black
 Display Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Size 9.7 in 10.1 Inches
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels WXGA 1280 x 800
Features IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated, 16M colors Multi-touch Zoom
Sensors 3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
 Operating System Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Platform iOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 5.1) Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
UI Apple TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI
Browser Apple Safari Android WebKit
Java/Adobe Flash Nitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Player 10.2
 Processor Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Model Apple A5 dual core CPU with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
Speed 1 GHz dual core 1 GHz Dual Core
 Memory Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
RAM 512 MB 1 GB
Included 16GB/32GB/64GB 16 GB/32 GB
Expansion No No card slot; expansion only through optional SD card adapter
 Camera Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Resolution 0.7MP 3 MP
Flash No LED
Focus, Zoom Auto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom Auto Focus, Digital zoom
Video Capture HD 720p@30fps HD 720p@30fps
Features Geo tagging, tap to control exposure
Secondary camera VGA (640 x 480pixels) @30fps Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
 Entertainment Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Audio Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV Dual surround sound speaker, Music Player support MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
Video Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG Video Player support DivX, Xvid, MPEG4/ H263/ H264, WMV9, VP8
Gaming Game Center Game Hub, Tegra zone
FM Radio No No
 Battery Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Type Capacity Built-in 25 W-hour Li-Polymer 7000 mAh
Talktime Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G) Up to 9 hours
Standby More than 1 month Up to 1500 hrs
 Mail and Messaging Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Mail General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync Integrated E-Mail Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4
Messaging Google Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat IM (GoogleTalk with Video chat), Beluga Facebook IM
 Connectivity Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot No Yes
Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR v 3.0
USB Yes 2.0
HDMI Compatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter Supports up to 1080p, no port - connection through optional HDMI adapter
 Location Service Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Maps Google Maps Google Maps with Navigon
Lost-Theft Protection MobileMe Yes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Network Support Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
4G No HSPA+21Mbps
 Applications Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Apps Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2 Android Market, Google Mobile Service, Samsung App
Social Networks Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, Linkedin Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin
Voice Calling Skype, Viber, Vonage Skype, Viber, Vonage
Video Calling Skype, Tango Skype, Tango, QiK
Featured iBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth Google Talk with Video chat, ThinkFree Office Mobile, AllShare
 Business Mobility Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Remote VPN Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse CISCO AnyConnect SSL VPN
Corporate Mail Yes with CISCO Mobile Exchange ActiveSync (POP/IMAP4)
Corporate Directory Yes with CISCO Mobile Yes with CISCO Jabber
Video Conferencing CISCO Mobile, WebEx Yes with CISCO WebEX
Other Features Business Object Explorer, SYBASE Afaria Application for SAP, Conjunction with MDM and EAS IT Policy
 Security Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
  MobileMe, Password Protected Screen Yes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Additional Features Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
  AirPlay, AirPrint, CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use, 65000 iPad specific applications Stick Type Bluetooth Headset, GEL Woofer, Book Cover

  • Manoj2712

    ipad 2 do not have USB.

    • Sivasdf

      every thing has a usb dude

  • Schweiza

    There are two specifications, which I noticed, that are wrong or missing from the Galaxy:

    Does NOT have an USB.
    Sensors: forgot to mention the ambient light and proximity sensors.
    I have been looking at the top competitors, for 2011, for the past week and the Samsung Galaxy series seems to be the most promising so far. I REALLY wanted to go with the iPad 2 (amazing app store), but I personally find the operating system a little distasteful. Admittedly enough, I am a bit OCD and like to have that minimalistic feeling of a clear home screen. I like to have widgets that I can balance across the screen. I crave aesthetics. The grid on the iOS just seems too crowded for me. Plus, being able to tailor the OS to my likings is impossible to quantify, but still carries indistinguishable weight. I did check out Cydia, but the customization options appeared to fall short of Android at a 1 hour glance.

    As far as the lack of a USB port, I personally do not care. I’m fine with the transfer rates provided from my Network File Storage over WiFi (even the internet, through my file server, in most cases). I realize USB ports can be used for so much more (ex: tethering for those phones that do not support mobile hot-spotting), but I primarily use it for data transferring. I would imagine the lack of an USB port was not a light decision and probably contributes to the dimensions that we will soon get to enjoy. Granted, I would think there would be room for a mini-USB;but, I’m not a hardware guy. I’m not entirely sure what kind of real estate these interfaces take up on a mother board (I know regular USB is much to big). Besides, I do have a micro SD card reader as well. I’ll just use that if I absolutely must have faster transfer rates.

    All in all, this tablet hits every point that I valued most. Aesthetics, lightweight and thin, runs Honeycomb, and all of the other hardware requirements that come close to or match that of the iPad 2.